Latest Disaster planning and response News

The Latest: Pence views raging river, visits shelter

Mar. 19, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence took a look at the raging Elkhorn River at the small town of Waterloo, Nebraska, which found itself cut off from the outside world last week by floodwaters. Pence visited the flood disaster area...

Nebraska files expedited request for disaster assistance

Mar. 19, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has submitted an expedited request to the federal government for disaster assistance in the wake of historic flooding in the state. Ricketts signed the request Tuesday during a meeting with Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Director Paul Taylor....

Cyclone's huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa

Mar. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 350 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk. In...

Nonprofit brings flood-stricken Nebraska ranchers hay help

Mar. 19, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A farm aid nonprofit is launching an effort to deliver donated hay to ranchers in flood-stricken Nebraska, resurrecting a program first used nearly two years ago to help cattle producers facing drought conditions in the Upper Midwest. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue is seeking...

More than 170 evacuate due to flooding in northern Illinois

Mar. 19, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

ROSCOE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say Rock River flooding has surrounded one neighborhood in the northern Illinois village of Roscoe, leaving residents to escape in boats. Neighbors say children have had to walk through high floodwaters or kayak to catch school buses. They say many people are staying at...

Noem urging Big Sioux River Valley to prepare for flooding

Mar. 19, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is encouraging residents in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding. The National Weather Service expects flooding to start as soon as this weekend. Forecasters say flood waters could reach historic levels. Melting snow...

The Latest: Pence to survey Nebraska flood damage Tuesday

Mar. 19, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Nebraska to survey damage from flooding in the Midwest. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that President Donald Trump requested Pence go Tuesday to the Midwest...

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

Mar. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised —...

North Dakota's largest city prepares for major flooding

Mar. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The mayor of North Dakota's largest city declared an emergency Monday and asked residents to help fill 1 million sandbags in preparation of major Red River flooding. "This is a very serious flood forecast, and we'll meet it with a serious response," Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said during...

Walz signs bill to expand disaster aid for barn collapses

Mar. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill expanding a zero-interest disaster loan program to help farmers dealing with buildings damaged by heavy snow. Walz signed the bill Monday. The measure cleared both the state House and Senate without opposition last week. Walz says the bill is...